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Catalog Description: Models of computation, computable and noncomputable functions, space and time complexity, tractable and intractable functions.
Prerequisite: CSE 322.
Learning Objectives: The course explores formal approaches to addressing some of the most fundamental questions in computer science. What is "computation"? How do you define it? What problems are/are not computable? What is/is not "efficiently" computable?
Grading: Homework, Midterm, Final. Overall weights 55%, 15%, 30%, roughly.
Late Policy: Assignments are due at the start of class on the due date. 50% off if turned in by the start of the next class; no credit thereafter. Barring major emergencies, these deadlines are strict. (You may turn in work electronically, including scanned versions of handwritten papers, via the Catalyst drop box link at left.)
Extra Credit: Assignments may include "extra credit" sections. These will enrich your understanding of the material, but at a low points per hour ratio. Do them for the glory, not the points, and don't start extra credit until the basics are complete.
Collaboration: Homeworks are all individual, not group, exercises. Discussing them with others is fine, even encouraged, but you must produce your own homework solutions. Follow the "Gilligan's Island Rule": if you discuss the assignment with someone else, don't keep any notes (paper or electronic) from the discussion, then go watch 30+ minutes of TV (Gilligan's Island reruns especially recommended) before you continue work on the homework by yourself. You may not look at other people's written solutions to these problems, not in your friends' notes, not in the dorm files, not on the internet, ever. If in any doubt about whether your activities cross allowable boundaries, tell us before, not after, you turn in your assignment. See also the UW CSE Academic Misconduct Policy, and the links there.
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